Mariposa Co-Op Moves To Larger Location

West Philly’s favorite co-op, Mariposa, is moving down the block to its new Re:Vision Architecture-designed digs at 4824 Baltimore Avenue this fall. For those who aren’t familiar with the classically run, community-based co-op, let us explain: a cooperative is comprised of group members (it’s $25 a year) and volunteers who want to buy in bulk, want to buy local and aren’t looking for meat and fish (if you are a member at Mariposa’s, you are […]


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Buy The General Lafayette Inn For $1.8M

The fifth oldest tavern in the United States, 279-year-old The General Lafayette Inn, sits empty, cold and alone (was it owned by Scott and Caren Cronin?) at 646 Germantown Pike. The 35,143-square-foot lot that includes the 9,400-square-foot restaurant, five-bedroom bed and breakfast, two-bedroom cottage and two acres of land are all for sale for a little less than $1.8M.


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The Mysterious Opening and Closing of The Workhorse

When the doors of Zagat-rated restaurant Thomas’ shut down late this summer, locals were anxious to see what would take its place. Then in early fall, The Workhorse opened at 4201 Main Street (an address that earlier this year went to bankruptcy court with attorney Robert W. Seitzer by its side). Claiming it was newly renovated (it looks pretty much the same with the exception of a second-floor “nightclub” and some added flat-screen TVs) business took […]


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SweetGreen Sinks Its Teeth Into Philly

Only a few months ago did D.C.-based and 100% sustainable (even the furniture is reclaimed) SweetGreen move into Suburban Square. Guess people like eating healthy; student-started (Georgetown students, sorry Penn) SweetGreen is now coming to the Radian at 3925 Walnut Street in University City. Slated for a grand opening in April, co-owners Jonathan Neman, Nathaniel Ru and Nicolas Jammet are hoping that Drexel and Penn students alike will be able to nix the dull campus […]


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Copa Miami Not So Hot

The ever-present empty space of failed restaurants is really making its way around Philly; the widespread city problem has struck again (hit it Freddie Mercury). The former Copa Miami space on 17th and Chestnut is up for lease for $14,500 per month. The owner of the Copa restaurants, Bill Curry, was also a columnist at The Philadelphia Inquirer in the 70s until he realized margaritas are more profitable than proper AP grammar. Any business owner […]


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Corner Bar Going to Pour House

Former Swift Half (R.I.P.) bartender John Boswell (more recently a manager at guacamole heaven El Vez) is looking to turn what is currently The Corner Spot, located at 2253 East Clearfield Street, into Port Richmond Pour House. PRPH, a classy establishment whose tagline is “The joint where the neighborhood meets to drink beer and talk sh*t”), has plans to gradually transform (eta April) the 700-square-foot location into a laid-back neighborhood bar where guests can enjoy […]


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Who Needs A Bank When We Could Be Losing Money At A Pool Hall?

Developer Paul Giegerich has plans to turn the old Beneficial Bank building on 12th and Chestnut into an oh-you-fancy-huh pool hall (aka Philly’s first upscale billiard club), and he has the Philadelphia City Planning Commission and Preservation Alliance behind him on this one. This building has been vacant for quite some time now (we’re talking almost 11 years; way to go Philly).  DAS architect David Schultz’s plans for the building, which was originally designed by historic Philly […]


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“Manayunk Island” Still, Looking for New Restaurant

The Manayunk Island (know to adults as 1 Leverington Avenue and to Realtors as Venice Island) that once held Carmella’s (which, for the record, we thought was great) and Arroyo Grille has been as sad as the ratings for the Lost/Greys Anatomy poser, Off The Map. The two acres are for sale or lease and according to zoning (RC1) can be used for a restaurant or a hotel (really?). Although the owner is desperate enough […]


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